Guys, Have been researching for about a month now on various hatchbacks..i pen down on Two 1) I 20 2) Ritz well if u want a value for money car, go for RITZ but if u dnt wanna compromise on style..class..with beige n brown classy interiors..go in fr i20...she be a babe..i decided on RITZ first..but after i sat in Read More
Its no joke the car is just two months old and is giving an average of 10.0 if a brand new car after frst service.. having done only 1000kms.. is giving 10 wid a/c 6 mnths later it wud give me 8.. Hyundai really sux.. i like th comfort no doubt bt i was promised an avg. no less than Read More
Me and my wife were zeroing on models and we were surprized by i20 with its features. We got a great deal. It has all the confort features of a luxury sedan at a price of hatch back. Whats more in the box... comfort, spacious, looks, grt mileage for the car segment. My friends are surprized with the smooth glide Read More
Launched in the Indian market in the last week of 2008, the Hyundai i20 took some time, but eventually went on to being India’s bestselling premium hatchback by a huge margin. A few variants were added to increase its appeal among different sections of people and a tweak here and there in its mid-life further made the i20 a brilliant buy in its category. Available in three engines options, two petrol and one diesel, with both automatic and manual transmission option on avail, the i20 offers you a classy and high end experience. It is sold in a total of thirteen different trim levels and has features unique enough to shame more expensive sedans out there in the market. But in the wake of new rivals, is the i20 still the best option in the Rs 5 to Rs 8 lakh category?
The i20 has the longest wheelbase in its class and is also the widest. This surely means that space on the inside is easily up there with the best, ie, the Honda Jazz. Step inside and you are greeted with top quality plastics. The overall feel of the cabin is of the highest order and cars like the i20 really do create a benchmark in the segment. Even though the car is now three years old, the design of the fascia doesn’t disappoint you at all. There is ample space for five well-built adults with good head, knee and shoulder room. Up front, the meaty steering wheel with controls (for Sportz and Asta versions) looks nice and so does the blue backlit speedometer console at night. The central console is finished in silver and houses soft touch buttons for the fantastic audio system (with four speakers and two tweeters, USB compatible) while the air-con sits below it. Only the base Era model gets manual controls for the air-con while all the other variants get a cool fully automatic climate control system. Above the central console is the small display which shows the current audio track, outside temperature, date, time, two trip meters and a trip time.
The i20 also scores very high as far as practicality goes. There are half a dozen odd places to keep your knick knacks and you also get a chilled glove box! The boot space is again something that most rivals can’t match upto at all.
The top end model also comes with an industry first in-built navigational system. A sun-roof is also available as an option. To summarize, the i20’s interiors probably the best in the segment when it comes to the best combination of design, quality and space.
The i20 is a very big car for its segment. Infact, at 3940mm in length, it is longer than rivals like the Honda Jazz, Tata Indica Vista and Maruti Swift. It also is the widest of the lot with the longest wheelbase too. The i20 was designed at Hyundai\\\'s European headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany and followed in the stylish European footsteps of the acclaimed i10 and i30 models at that time. Even today, with hardly any makeover, the car still looks fresh, modern and appealing. The front end for example is typical European with huge headlamps extending backwards and multiple design lines on the bonnet. The two part grille is beautifully designed with the upper housing a horizontally running chrome plate with the Hyundai logo. On either sides of the lower grille are the beautiful recesses around which the round fog lamps sit. Infact, the i20 seems to have been designed carefully, keeping in mind that the car will sold various world market, in competition with some of the best brands in the business and hence the beautiful, sporty and sculpted exterior design.
The side profile is sporty with a crisp shoulder line that runs all the way back, to the top of the rear muscular wheel arch. The i20 has flared arches that further add to the sportiness of the car. At the back, the i20 gets chic tail lamps which blend into the shoulder line pretty well, and you also notice the single huge rear bumper. The Hyundai logo sits cleverly over the rear boot opening handle. Another noteworthy aspect is the positioning of the roof mounted antenna – at the rear of the car with an angle.
All the versions come with either 14-inch steel rims or 14-inch alloy wheels and the i20 is sold in seven color options.
Like most Hyundai offerings, the i20 too offers good comfort. The MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear axle is, without a surprise, tuned more for comfort. In day to day driving, you won’t have a reason to complain at all. Infact, the light steering, light clutch and slick gearbox, all go a long way in making your daily commutes hassle free. The trouble starts when you hit sharp undulations like broken roads or small and sharp angled speed-breakers. This is where the i20 shows its weakness – these undulations are easily transmitted onto the passengers and you get the feeling that the suspension is unable to compress and release in quick successions.
The diesel version has more weight on the front tyres and driving this car on hilly roads at high speeds isn’t really very encouraging. We do know that the i20 is a family car and will seldom be driven rashly or in a spirited manner but done so, the car doesn’t really feel very eager.
High speed stability at highway speeds is of a high order and the i20 feels very planted. This is due to a wide track and best in class wheelbase. The higher versions of the i20 come with standard ABS and this combined with excellent brakes adds to the overall confidence.
The Hyundai i20 comes with a choice of three engines – two petrol and one diesel. The petrol range includes the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre units. The latter is available only with the automatic transmission and offers decent power (100PS) and torque output. However, it does suffer from fuel economy (ARAI certified 15.04kmpl) and given the fact that it is an automatic transmission, expect no more than 10-11kmpl in city conditions. The 1.2-litre petrol engine though is in a league of its own. Not only is this one of the smoothest engines in its category, it is also very peppy and responds to driver’s inputs pretty well – this is also due to shorter gearing. Even given the stick, this 80PS engine performs very well and can propel the i20 to higher speeds easily. It is quite efficient with an ARAI certified fuel economy of 18.15kmpl, translating into 13-14kmpl in city conditions.
The diesel unit offered on the i20 is simply put, way ahead of the competition. This 1.4-litre engine develops 90PS of power, is refined, very punchy and offers excellent fuel economy as well. Earlier mated to a 6-speed gearbox, the diesel i20 now comes with a 5-speed manual ‘box which is slick to use. The engine does have a slight turbo lag but once above 2000rpm, the diesel i20 is hard to catch. It likes cruising on the highways and can easily hold 120-130km/h all day long without a sweat!